Toms River Halloween Parade Postponed

Rescheduled date will be announced

The Toms River Halloween Parade has been postponed, fire officials announced Saturday.

A new date will be announced in the next couple of days.

Based on information available from emergency management and weather officials, Toms River Fire Co #1 has decded to postpone the Halloween parade.

The rescheduled date will be decided in the next couple of days. Additional information will be forwarded as soon as possible.

It wasn't the first time the Toms River Halloween Parade had been rescheduled.

The parade was planned for Oct. 31, the 75th parade. The event draws a large participation from the local community as well as visitors from around the world.

Parade Chairman Al McDaniel said that if the parade was to be rescheduled, the rain date of Nov. 1 would not likely be used.

"A damaging storm would mean fire department resources would be addressing storm response as the first priority," McDaniel said. "We'd be tied up with those issues and couldn't devote the manpower to a parade."

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NRyan November 01, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Allow me to explain that there are some in the parade that merely dress up in costume and march around and wave, yes we understand it is fun but it can be lived without. HOWEVER, there are also groups composed of teens and children who have REHEARSED choreographed dance numbers specifically for this parade. There are groups who have been working since the summer or even earlier perfecting said numbers or building floats that cost a ton of money and energy and HARD WORK. These kids and teens worked hard and stayed out of trouble because of the extra-curricular activities this parade had to offer; whether rehearsing or building. It would be terrifying to see all of their hard work go to waste! Is it the end of the world, no. Is it upsetting to see some not care about the effort put in to entertaining the public through the arts in a tradition going 75 years strong? Absolutely. Yes it is understood that there are those that lost many things because of the hurricane and our prayers go out to them, nonetheless, hard work is still hard work, and it at least deserves the satisfaction of showing it to the public so rescheduling the parade is essential. So do not dare to tell others what their priorities should and should not be.
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Tina Cross November 07, 2012 at 01:30 PM
They should reschedule both. I only let my little ones go to houses of people I know not strangers. In my town they "claim" they had Halloween on Monday but we still didn't even have electricity . No was thinking about it then. It was so stupid and no one even came to my house or we didn't even see anyone in costumes. So if you do reschedule send out flyers and be organized so everyone knows. They should wait til children are back in school and this way the kids an have their Halloween parties and trick or treat when they get home.  And I hope they reschedule the parade because at least the kids will have at least that if they don't reschedule trick or treat. They can us the funds for Hurricane Sandy Relief funds. Just an idea=) 
sha November 09, 2012 at 01:47 AM
National Guard, volunteers, donations for the homeless living in shelters, music telethon for Red Cross, FEMA, people's homes washed into the ocean......and you're worried about a parade? Seriously?
ginger November 12, 2012 at 08:59 AM
I totally agree and my daughter was due to march in it...Halloween is OVER sadly we are now on to thanksgiving and christmas..Children worked hard practicing and building floats BUT they have to also learn the idea of dissapointment..It happens its part of life and lessons learned about life..I LOVE the parade but sadly mother nature took it away,,IS what it is..Too many other emergency stuff to deal with


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